Sarah Simpson

Threads N Tails owner Lee-Ann Burke’s pet clothing has been featured on the cover of the June/July issue of Pet Connection Magazine. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan business featured on magazine cover

Lee-Ann Burke hopes the extra publicity will increase sales

Threads N Tails owner Lee-Ann Burke’s pet clothing has been featured on the cover of the June/July issue of Pet Connection Magazine. (Submitted)
“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)

Flashback: A.B. Greenwell, Lady of the Lake, good and bad news for the Lake News

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)
A new laundromat is opening in the Peters Centre in Lake Cowichan. (file photo)

Peters Centre getting all cleaned up

Laundromat being developed at the Neva Road site

A new laundromat is opening in the Peters Centre in Lake Cowichan. (file photo)
Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by…

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU psychology professor, is working with Island Health to survey employees about architectural elements and design features that they associate with work satisfaction, productivity, well-being and more. (Vancouver Island University photo)

CDH staff surveyed on hospital design features

Input to assist in development of the new hospital

Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a VIU psychology professor, is working with Island Health to survey employees about architectural elements and design features that they associate with work satisfaction, productivity, well-being and more. (Vancouver Island University photo)
On May 17, Mark Hecht was officially acclaimed as the PPC candidate for the riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Submitted)

PPC announce candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

The 44th Canadian federal election will take place on or before Oct. 16, 2023

On May 17, Mark Hecht was officially acclaimed as the PPC candidate for the riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Submitted)
“A clown for every occasion, and this occasion was the Lake Cowichan Co-op’s warehouse sale held last week. For the fun of it, free hamburgers and hot dogs were available as well as the clown, Stacci Hickling who showed up to give out balloons and do a bit of face painting for children. In the photo, Bailey Haywood, 6-years-old is getting a rainbow on her cheek.” (Lake News, June 5, 1996)

Flashback: New wheels, a suspicious male, and Lady of the Lake

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

“A clown for every occasion, and this occasion was the Lake Cowichan Co-op’s warehouse sale held last week. For the fun of it, free hamburgers and hot dogs were available as well as the clown, Stacci Hickling who showed up to give out balloons and do a bit of face painting for children. In the photo, Bailey Haywood, 6-years-old is getting a rainbow on her cheek.” (Lake News, June 5, 1996)
This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)

Sarah Simpson Column: Healthcare workers saluted daily by Duncan neighbours

This is a bit of a milestone column for me. It’s the…

This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)
School is in session for one more month and RCMP are reminding drivers to keep bus riders safe. (Submitted)

RCMP on alert for driver infractions near Cowichan school buses

Every Cowichan Valley School District bus has been outfitted with surveillance cameras

School is in session for one more month and RCMP are reminding drivers to keep bus riders safe. (Submitted)
The body of Thomas Turner was found in the Cowichan River on May 21. (Facebook)

Cowichan River victim’s family looking for help with funds for funeral

Donations can be made to the Norcross Return-It centre

The body of Thomas Turner was found in the Cowichan River on May 21. (Facebook)
“Youbou volunteer fire fighter Derrek Powell hoses off a vehicle, Monday, May 23, during a car wash fundraiser at the Youbou Fire Hall. The car wash helped raised funds for the annual June 18-19 Muscular Dystrophy Slo-Pitch Tournament, hosted by the Mesachie Lake Fire Department at the Mesachie Lake Skydome.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 1, 2011)

Flashback: No water, rocks thrown at RCMP, giant flagpole, water sport season

A look back into Lake Cowichan’s history

“Youbou volunteer fire fighter Derrek Powell hoses off a vehicle, Monday, May 23, during a car wash fundraiser at the Youbou Fire Hall. The car wash helped raised funds for the annual June 18-19 Muscular Dystrophy Slo-Pitch Tournament, hosted by the Mesachie Lake Fire Department at the Mesachie Lake Skydome.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 1, 2011)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: You can learn a lot about life during a five minute drive

The kids went into all sorts of detail about what that might have looked like and sounded like

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Percentage of adults with at least one vaccine dose by community and local health area (LHA), as of May 24. (Source: B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

Cowichan Valley West has lowest vaccination rate on the Island

Cowichan Lake West local health region lags behind the rest of Vancouver Island with a 57% rate

Percentage of adults with at least one vaccine dose by community and local health area (LHA), as of May 24. (Source: B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Crews work to clear the lot at the southeast corner of Renfrew Street and King George in Lake Cowichan. Town planner says upwards of 172 new housing units will be required at the Lake by 2025. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Lake Cowichan council at odds with CVRD’s housing needs assessment

Data featured ‘significant errors and unsupportable conclusions’

Crews work to clear the lot at the southeast corner of Renfrew Street and King George in Lake Cowichan. Town planner says upwards of 172 new housing units will be required at the Lake by 2025. (Kathryn Swan photo)
The province is funding 328 new childcare spaces, including 61 in the Cowichan region. (Black Press files)

Duncan families to benefit from new child care spaces

Bench Elementary, Cowichan Place Child Care Centre to receive funds

The province is funding 328 new childcare spaces, including 61 in the Cowichan region. (Black Press files)
“Long-time Wilmer Gold photograph steward Al Lundgren speaks to the history and the challenges related to taking care of the massive IWA 1-80 archive, which includes upwards of 6,000 photographs that Kaatza Station Museum curator Barbara Simkins is currently registering.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, May 25, 2011)

Flashback: Chronicling history, death, taxes, and housing

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old…

“Long-time Wilmer Gold photograph steward Al Lundgren speaks to the history and the challenges related to taking care of the massive IWA 1-80 archive, which includes upwards of 6,000 photographs that Kaatza Station Museum curator Barbara Simkins is currently registering.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, May 25, 2011)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Let them eat cake…sometimes

Even the little things in life are cause for celebration

Sarah Simpson
Leona DeOliveira running around town wearing a fox tail along with a crown she’s made that features the CFOX logo. She’s trying to win the Go Fox Yourself contest. (Submitted)

Cowichan woman hoping to win big while showcasing Cowichan

Vancouver-based radio contest has Leona DeOliveira wearing a crown and fox tail

Leona DeOliveira running around town wearing a fox tail along with a crown she’s made that features the CFOX logo. She’s trying to win the Go Fox Yourself contest. (Submitted)
“Keeping fit for Mother’s Day: Participants of Cowichan Lake Recreation’s Mother’s Day hiking event make their way down the Trans Canada Trail, Sunday, May 8. The morning event later wrapped up with snacks and prizes.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette May 11, 2011)

Flashback: Bears, elk, salmon, candidates, and lumber graders

This week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

“Keeping fit for Mother’s Day: Participants of Cowichan Lake Recreation’s Mother’s Day hiking event make their way down the Trans Canada Trail, Sunday, May 8. The morning event later wrapped up with snacks and prizes.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette May 11, 2011)
An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: This mother is grinning and bearing it

News broke the other day that, after months in hibernation, Grouse Mountain’s…

An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)